Cookies on oxfam

We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience on our website. If you continue browsing, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all our cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Close

Our work

Gender & Development  is the only journal in the world to focus on international gender and development issues. It is a forum for all involved in development initiatives: policy-makers and practitioners, researchers both inside and outside academia, and activists.

Women's economic inequality and domestic violence: exploring the links and empowering women

Women's economic inequality and domestic violence: exploring the links and empowering women
18 pages

Authors
Hughes, Christine
Bolis, Mara
Fries, Rebecca
Finigan, Stephanie

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 23 Issue 2 Inequalities

Publication date
31 Jul 2015

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2015.1053216

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

Economic empowerment of poor households is a key entry point for development organisations concerned with economic inequality. Over the decades, gender inequality has emerged as a key concern, and the result has been women’s economic empowerment (WEE) programming. This article is a study of the impact of WEE programming on domestic violence (DV) against women. While this link has received some attention in gender and development literature, evaluations and impact assessments in development organisations have not consistently focused on the possibility of increased or decreased DV as a result of the challenge WEE represents to gender power relations. Drawing on the experience of Oxfam and other development organisations, we offer recommendations for practitioners aimed at better programme integration and more holistic empowerment. Aiming to challenge economic inequality between households involves better understanding of the impact of WEE programming on intra-household gender inequality, including rates of DV. This requires planning to anticipate these possible impacts and ensure women are able to gain from programming without placing themselves at risk.

Download

This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. To download the article for free from Taylor & Francis Online please use the link below. If you encounter any problems please email us at policyandpractice@oxfam.org.uk

For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the Gender and Development website.

Download this article from Taylor & Francis Online

Comments